Beef and mushrooms are natural partners for my taste. The dill and the lemon add bright notes to what might otherwise seem rich, so don’t eliminate either one. Prep time: About 15 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Serves: 4   1 tablespoon butter 1 pound Laura’s 92% Lean Ground Beef 1 large onion, chopped 10 ounces white mushrooms, sliced 3 tablespoons flour 1 cup 2% Milk 4 cups beef stock or bouillon* 1 teaspoon dried dill 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce … continued…

Beefy mushroom soup
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Do you crave something crunchy to snack on? Potato chips are generally not a great choice because as we all know it’s hard to stop at just one! Popcorn is a great alternative as long as it’s prepared the right way and not drenched with butter.   It’s a pretty cool scientific experiment each time you make popcorn if you stop and think about it. The kernel has moisture sealed inside of it and when it is heated that causes … continued…

homemade popcorn
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This recipe was featured on WDRB Fox TV In The Morning with Chef Bobby Benjamin of La Coop Bistro, Louisville, KY. Click here for behind the scenes photos. Click here to watch the video.   Prep time: about 7 minutes Cook time: about 20 minutes 1 lb. Laura’s Lean Beef 92% lean ground beef 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 package McCormick® Chili Seasoning Mix, Original 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained 1 … continued…

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I’ve taken some “artistic” license because I wanted “chopped steak” (lean ground beef) with the flavors of Jarlsberg and ham. For this recipe, I make the patties, pan sear them, make a sauce to gently simmer the patties in (the sauce has the ham in it), then finish each portion with just a touch of cheese. The trick is keeping the patties gently simmering in this sauce. Boiling it too hard will just make the them tough. There is just … continued…

salisbury steak cordon bleu
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I love this flavor combination–beef with spinach and mushrooms–and I’m always dreaming up new ways to use it in recipes. This is easy to put together. You can make it up to the point of baking for a “make ahead meal” or you can bake it and freeze it for a dinner later in the month. Or, of course, you can eat it tonight. Which is exactly what we did. Prep Time: About 20 minutes Cook Time: 25 to 30 … continued…

Beef Mushroom Spinach Lasagna
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Memorable Meals

I’ve seen draft dodgers at craft fairs and often thought they were adorable, whether you need one to keep out the cold from a drafty door or just to use for a homey decoration. It turns out that making a draft dodger is simple and fun. Using some techniques from a children’s easy sewing book, I turned my draft dodger into a doggie, which my kids loved! But with a little imagination, you can make it into just about anything. … continued…

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DIY Pam Freeman

Are you interested in starting an exercise routine, but afraid that the gym membership and/or home exercise equipment are too far out of budget? There are lots of ways to start an exercise program without breaking the bank.   The least expensive form of exercise is walking or jogging because all you need is a good pair of shoes! Not only is it the least expensive, it is also one of my favorites for overall fitness and weight loss. You … continued…

Fitness Heart Healthy Judy Eggebeen

If you haven’t eaten Chicken Marbella, then you weren’t around when the Silver Palate cookbooks were so hot. They are still classics in my book. I recently had Chicken Marbella and thought I should try the same technique on flank steak. I modified the recipe, of course, using raisins instead of prunes and some balsamic vinegar instead of the red wine vinegar. The acid really tenderizes the steak, and the sweetness of the fruit and bit of molasses complement each … continued…

Beef Marbella
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

I thought I’d avoid a resolution type post, but I couldn’t help myself. We all just think this way as the New Year begins, don’t we? So I thought I’d resolve some things about what I will EAT this year. Here are five things I resolve to eat more of:   1. Kale. I resisted kale salad because I was sure it was crazy! In fact I was so late to the salad bowl, that other food writers were calling … continued…

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Pozole is a hearty soup from Mexico. Its most prominent ingredient is hominy, which gives the soup a really filling, satisfying flair. It’s a great soup for a cold winter’s night, and it comes together quickly. Don’t get hung up on the toppings–if you don’t have all of them, this soup is still great. Just don’t miss out on the hominy! (Easy to find in any grocery store.) Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook time: 8 hours in Slow Cooker Serves … continued…

Pozole
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes